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How it works
In 3 easy steps
Tell us about
Speak to an Elder Care Advisor and complete our online care appraisal – this gives us a clear picture of the type of support you’re after, and help us guide you on things like funding eligibility.
We’ll send you the profile and video of any carer we think would be a good fit for you. All you need to do is let us know if you like them, and would like them to be your new primary carer.
Your care begins
Your carer moves in. They’ll take time to get to know you and how you like things. We’ll keep in touch regularly to help everything run smoothly, and answer any questions.
The benefits of choosing Elder
Short Term Care
We know that receiving care from someone you’re familiar with is important. So, we’ll always try to connect you to the same carer when you make multiple live-in care bookings at once.
|3 days||from £625|
|Per week||from £1450|
What does it include?
e.g vacuuming and laundry
e.g preparing meals to taste and dietary requirements
e.g help with washing, toileting, and prompting medication
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Find out more about how our Short-term care service works day to day – and how it could support your lifestyle.
Dedicated care advisors and
family support specialists
Get quality care in place in as little as 24 hours
Only pay for the care you need with no hidden costs
Choose your carer from our 5000+ community of vetted professionals
What people say about our staff
Big decisions need bespoke support. Our friendly Care Advisors and Family Support Specialists are here seven days a week to listen, guide, and empower you through the complexities of care.
"Our support worker that Elder assign to the family is a great touch as nothing is too much trouble and any queries or issues are dealt with quickly by a person that knows the family and the required needs." Carol
“If ever there was a problem or a query our personal contact (Heenal) always responded straight away. She provided the sympathetic support our family needed.” Judith
“I started the process with Elder to find a carer for my lovely mum. The staff, in particular Tess, were highly professional and a delight to deal with.” Maureen
“We have been with Elder for over a year now and they provide Carers for our 94 year old Mum who is in a wheelchair. We have a dedicated representative called Kathryn who is always helpful and gives a great customer service.” Ros
Would you like to discuss your needs with a Senior Care Advisor?
Give us a call on the number below.
- Carers available
Live-in care is the new standard care support that provides you or your loved one with the full-time care they need in their own home.
- Carers available
Short-term live-in care can provide support while a primary carer is away, or additional support after a hospital stay. It allows you or your loved one to be cared for at home for as little as three days at a time.
Care with Elder will
Unlimited carer matching
Using our technology and expertise, we’ll uniquely match you to carers with the right experience, skills and character.
On-going Family Support
You’ll have your own Family Support Specialist who’ll understand you, your family and your situation.
Your own MyElder account
an intuitive online account where you and your family can manage every aspect of care and access carer information.
You’ll likely have some questions about whether Elder’s short-term respite care will work for you. We’ve covered some essential information below.
From time to time, you may need some short-term care to ensure that you, or a loved one can stay safe and happy at home.
If you’re caring for a loved one yourself, short-term care can provide trusted a period of respite care when you need to take a break or holiday. If your regular care arrangement falls through unexpectedly for example due to sickness, we can help you arrange cover. And, if you or a loved one is returning home from hospital, planning specialist, short term convalescent care or intermediate support can support a safer and more comfortable recovery.
On your initial call with a Senior Care Advisor, they’ll learn as much as they can about your situation, and work out an arrangement that best supports your needs. This means if you need a carer who speaks a certain language for example, or perhaps someone with experience caring for someone with hearing loss or dementia care, we’ll work hard to find a great match.
We believe every family deserves the right carer, even at short notice. We’ll connect you to skilled, fully vetted carers, who you’ll be able to learn more about via their Elder profile. You’ll be able to approve the care you like best.
On your carer’s first day, they’ll set aside plenty of time to get to know you, your family, and how things are done. If you’re a family member and would like regular updates from your carer throughout the placement, we’ll do this in a way that works for you too.
Sometimes it’s difficult to know how long you’ll need care for, for example if the person who normally provides care falls ill, or if additional support is needed to support recovery after an illness or operation. With Elder you can book short-term care without an end date – to guarantee support is in place for as long as you need it.
Absolutely. Live-in carers offer assistance with a huge range of day-to-day requirements – including hygiene and grooming.
Putting your loved one at ease during this sort of care is tricky, but live-in carers are uniquely positioned to do just that. They can devote the time and attention required to build trust, as well as get to know just how much help they need to offer.
Of course. Live-in carers move into your loved one’s home to offer 24-hour care – even if that means getting up occasionally in the middle of the night.
They’ll help create routines around bedtime, ensuring better quality sleep for improved wellbeing. They might also get your loved one to the toilet if they need it, or put their mind at ease if they’re confused.
If you need more regular or intensive night-time support, you may benefit from a dedicated night carer, to ensure your live-in carer is getting enough rest.
With Elder you’ll be set up with your own MyElder online account. This is where you can complete your Care Appraisal before care starts – detailing the care needs, health, lifestyle, and home environment of the person needing care. You can add other family members to the account to help complete the Appraisal, and to give them visibility over care once it begins.
You also use your MyElder account to –
- Review carer profiles and select your carer
- Read updates from your carer with the Care logs feature
- Keep care information updated and update any changes to your care needs
- Easily update payment information and track your invoices
After your initial call with an Elder Care Advisor, you’ll have the opportunity to complete an online Care Appraisal, where you can tell us about your needs and lifestyle in detail. We’ll review this information carefully and uniquely match you to a selection of carers we think would be a great fit for you.
You’ll have time to review a profile for each carer you’re matched with in your MyElder account, as well as an introductory video where they’ll talk about what they enjoy about being a carer and their experience, as well as their hobbies and interests. Then you simply need to confirm which carer you like best.
If you’d like to speak to your preferred carer before they start, we can arrange this too.
Yes. Every carer we work with must have a good level of written and spoken English.
If you’d prefer a carer who also speaks a second language, simply let us know.
Yes, we give you the choice if you’d prefer a male or female carer, simply let us know if you or your loved one has a preference.
A carer who moves into your loved one’s home with them will need their own space in which to sleep and spend time when they are not actually providing care. Most commonly, a carer will have a bedroom of their own, but if this is not practical, you could adapt a reception room or study for them to use – as long as it’s a private space i.e not a thoroughfare to another room or in regular use by other family members during the day.
The live-in carer will not need a bathroom of their own, although this would be preferable. They will need clean and functional bathroom facilities that they can use, and if sharing a bathroom, there should be somewhere for them to store toiletries.
We also recommend setting up a WiFi connection if you don’t have one already. The internet is useful for many things, including keeping in touch with Elder, which can be even more important if you live in a rural location with poor phone signal.
There is, though it’s worth noting that the kind your loved one is eligible for depends on their circumstances – both financial and medical.
They may be in the running for assistance from local or national government schemes. They may also be able to release equity in their property to access a tax-free lump sum or income.
To get a better understanding of your options, take a look at our ’How do I pay for care?’ page or speak to one of our care advisors who can guide you through funding questions.
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